Thursday, May 30, 2013

Race Weekend Wrap Up

What a weekend!  Yes, the Ottawa Race Weekend was this past weekend, and with an awesome group of staff, volunteers and community members running various races, and raising funds for our 24/7 crisis line services, it was a weekend to remember!

We'd like to give a huge shout out to not only the people who trained hard and ran the race, but to the people who donated, and came out in the less than ideal temperatures (it was so cold!) to cheer our group of runners on!

We were able to raise $1610 for our phone lines, which goes towards us answering nearly 40,000 calls for help, support and community referrals every year.

Running, like any exercise, is such an excellent outlet for aiding in symptoms from depression, stress, anxiety, and more.  When you run, your mind belongs to you, and you are controlling your body and how fast or slow you go.  As the old saying goes "No matter how fast or slow you are, you're still lapping everyone who's sitting on the couch".  There are many training programs that will help you reach a 5k run in 8-10 weeks, with 3 runs a week.  Check out the Couch To 5k program (C25K) online, or via an app on your smart phone.

We can't wait to do this all again next year.  Registration for the 2014 Race Weekend opens September 1st, giving you 8 months of training time for whatever race you want to run!  We'd love to see you on the course :)

Our Community Relations Coordinator, Leslie, finishing the 10k on Saturday

Ottawa Race Weekend 2013

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